“He’s done well,” Reale said. “He’s naturally not pleased with the second half of several games last year, but hopefully some changes have been made to gain a different result going forward.”
Johnson’s current contract was to end after the 2020 season. Coaches often view extended contracts as critical for recruiting, as rival coaches may seek to win prospects by questioning the job security of a coach at a competing school through the years remaining on his contract.
The extension is another concrete example of the support that Stansbury has offered Johnson. Stansbury has also backed Johnson through projects such as the updated lobby of the football office, a locker-room renovation and the addition of recruiting staff.
In the last year of the current contract, Johnson is scheduled to earn $3.25 million. His salary for the 2017 season was $2.97 million.
“I’m not going to get into the terms, but it’s a contract that’s certainly acceptable to the coach, and it’s appropriate,” Reale said.
Johnson’s 2017 salary ranked 40th among head coaches, according to a USA Today report. His pay was sixth among ACC coaches, although the list does not include Miami coach Mark Richt and Syracuse coach Dino Babers, as they work at private schools that are not required to release contract information through open-records requests. (The salaries of coaches at other private schools, such as Duke’s David Cutcliffe, were obtained through the schools’ federal tax returns.)
In Johnson’s tenure, the Jackets have won one ACC title (since vacated), played for two others and twice gone to the Orange Bowl. Before his hire in December 2007, Tech had not been to a major bowl (Cotton, Rose, Sugar, Orange) since the retirement of coach Bobby Dodd at the end of the 1966 season. Johnson has been named ACC coach of the year three times.
Reale said that negotiations had been ongoing as the 2017 season progressed.
“But I think Coach didn’t want any distractions in terms of getting into the nitty-gritty until after the season was over, so when that was concluded, it was time to go ahead and move forward,” he said.